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Collection Title:CL 172 Breese Genealogical CollectionCreator:Chemung County Historical Society
Processed By:Rachel Dworkin
Date Completed:July 2018

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Pat Cleveland in 2018 and Marge Riley in 1973.


Genealogy – Breese; Horseheads (N.Y.)


The Breese family’s connection to Chemung County dates to the 1780s when John Breese (1738-1829), a Revolutionary War veteran, settled in what is now Horseheads, N.Y. In 1850, two of John’s grandchildren, William (ca. 1814-1898) and Ulysses (1822-1909), purchased a tract of land to the east of Horseheads, laying out the Village of Breesport in 1854. Over the next several years, they set up numerous businesses in the village, helping to establish Breesport as a thriving commercial center by the late nineteenth century.

Other notable members of the Breese family included: Sidney Breese (1800-1878), who was elected to the U.S. Senate for the state of Illinois in 1842, and later became Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court; and Corydon B. Breese (1841-1938), who, at the age of 96, became the oldest surviving Civil War veteran in Chemung County.

In 1865, John Breese’s great-granddaughter, Philena Breese (1843-1888), married Joel M. Jansen (1843-1898), a Breesport resident active in local causes. Jansen served with 141st regiment of New York Volunteers during the Civil War. He later worked as keeper of the county poor house in Breesport from 1891 until his death in 1898. 


The Breese Genealogical Collection includes genealogical charts (1990s); family histories (ca. 1950s-1990s); photographs (ca. 1880s-1980s); correspondence (ca. 1960s-1996); and assorted papers.


Items in folder 13 donated by Marge Riley. All other material comes from Pat Cleveland.

Extent:.5 Linear Feet
Date Span:1826-1996

This collection contains genealogical notes and research material related to the Breese family.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Genealogical charts and family trees for the Breese family. Document010101
Histories of the Breese family. Manuscripts010201
Copies of family records from four Breese family bibles, 1770-1936. Documents010301
Breese family genealogical charts, histories, and notes provided by the Horseheads Historical Society.Documents010401
Records of Breese family members buried in Chemung County cemeteries. Documents010501
Photographs of Sarah Breese Jackson (1789-1882); Willie Ormiston, ca. 1860s; Laura Christian, 1984; Mary Moore Brees, ca. 1860s; Clarence & Lois Breese Littlefield, 1980; Luella MacDonald, ca. 1930s; Betty MacDonald, ca. 1930s; Breese family reunion, ca. 1900. Photographs010601
Newspaper clippings and obituaries related to the Breese family. Newspaper Clippings010602
Photocopies of correspondence, city directory pages, census records, and other primary source documents related to the Breese family, 1776-1890. Documents010603
(17) Photographs of Breese and Jansen family headstones in the Breesport Baptist Cemetery, Horseheads. Photographs010701
(15) Photographs of Breese family headstones in Barbour's Corners Cemetery, Horseheads. Photographs010801
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